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Almost Peaceful (2004)

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A group of Jewish Holocaust survivors attempt to restart their lives after Europe's liberation from Nazi occupation in director Michel Deville's 2002 ensemble drama Almost Peaceful. Husband and wife couple Albert (Simon Abkaryan) and Lea (Zabou Breitman) attempt to rebuild their tailoring business in central Paris, starting with the hiring of staff for their company. All of their new employees have been scarred -- in varying degrees -- by their experiences during the war. Charles (Denis Podalydes) lost his entire family to the death camps, while Maurice (Stanislas Merhar) seems to be unable to sustain long-term relationships and -- as a result -- frequents whorehouses for companionship. While all of them initially refuse to discuss their experiences during the war, they all also eventually realize that the only way to truly move forward with the rest of their lives is to come to terms with their pasts.

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Critic Reviews for Almost Peaceful

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (16)

Generosity and love of life are the film's hallmarks. Like the work of an expert tailor, it's done with unobtrusive skill, essential warmth and seamless grace.

December 17, 2004
Chicago Tribune
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Unlike any other film I have seen about the Holocaust.

Full Review… | December 17, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Washington Post
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Delicately moving.

September 30, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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You become aware of how few movies about survivors of the Holocaust show them going about their lives, as opposed to acting out someone's idea of a Holocaust Survivor.

Full Review… | September 30, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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This is a film of half-notes and nuances, and as a chronicle of emotional survival it is infinitely inspiring.

Full Review… | September 9, 2004
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Almost Peaceful

An interesting movie that centralizes around a tailor, his wife, and their work companions after the end of World War II. Great cast- Simon Abkarian, Clotilde Courau, Julie Gayet, Lubna Azabal, Stanislas Merhar, and Malik Zidi. Worthy!

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